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Micron likely to acquire bankrupt DRAM maker Elpida

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 May 2012 19:27

Micron likely to acquire bankrupt DRAM maker Elpida The Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory, who filed for bankruptcy protection in February, is close to being acquired by U.S.-based Micron Technology.
Liabilities, as of March 2011, were $5.5 billion and the company's desperate attempts to refinance or get a bailout from the Japanese government failed. Elpida was Japan's last DRAM maker and the company was ultimately done in by a Yen at its strongest levels since the end of World War II. Furthermore, South Korean rivals like Samsung managed to take large market share in a short period of time thanks to cost efficiency.

At the time of the bankruptcy, Elpida and Micron at 12.1 percent market share each.

Micron bid $2.5 billion and pledged to keep the company's plants open and employees hired.

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